Pray for your nation.  Commit to stand in the gap between God’s righteousness and human failure in your nation, humbling yourself to confess the sins that have kept your country from following God’s will.  Intercede for your fellow citizens, asking God to activate the power of the Cross in their lives and in all situations that affect your country as a whole.  Pray for God to guide and strengthen your national leaders and those who support them (like leaders in state and local governments).  Ask God to use you somehow to help bring your nation under the reign of His power.  Consider joining a national prayer initiative in which you can keep informed of specific prayer needs via mail or the Internet and pray along with others throughout your nation.

 

Pray for the world.  Know that your prayers are not diluted simply because you’re praying for a situation that’s far away from you, because God is always near to hear and answer.  Believe that you can change the world through your prayers, by participating in what God is doing on earth.  Start out small, by choosing a particular place or group of people or situation with which you’re familiar.  Then focus your prayers on that.  Consider joining a global prayer initiative so you can keep informed of specific prayer needs via mail or the Internet and pray along with others throughout the world.

 

Adapted from The Power of Praying Together, copyright 2003 by Stormie Omartian with Jack Hayford.  Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR. www.harvesthousepublishers.com.    

 

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of The Power of Praying series of books (more than five million copies sold), and Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On.  Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married for 30 years and have three grown children.

 

Jack Hayford is the Chancellor of The King’s College and Seminary in Los Angeles.  A pastor, author, and songwriter, Jack has been married to his wife, Anna, for 49 years.  They have four children and 11 grandchildren.